Yesterday the website Antidot published an anonymous piece full of malicious misrepresentations of my professional and private life with the clear aim of devaluing my work and, presumably, forcing me to withdraw from public life.
Media and journalists who sign their articles had already written at length about the persons behind this website (https://www.blic.rs/vesti/hronika/otkrivamo-iza-crnobrnje-ljudi-bliski-canetu-i-bebi/7dj8w6e).
An artless reader could, upon reading this piece, walk away with the impression that Daliborka Uljarević constitutes a key problem in Montenegro, as well as abroad, seen that the website is registered in another country and generally targets a different readership. My efforts, through the engagement in civil sector, to contribute to building of society based on democratic values, with need of integration of Montenegro into the EU in line with strict criteria for the benefit all its citizens, were clearly enough to merit this attempt at character assassination.
I do not see the purpose of going through each sentence of this piece and separate fact from slander, for two reasons. First, this should be done by those who commissioned and wrote this piece before judges, to whom I will bring the case in short order. Second, I do not wish to waste time on it, as I can see by the level of brutality of this attack that we must urgently intensify those activities which prompted the attack.
Unfortunately, we live in a society in which such “research” pieces have become a dangerous tool to warn anyone daring to stand up to power that they may be publicly drawn and quartered and dragged through mud of misconstrued lies until the public is convinced that those critics are unworthy of their trust or at least as bad as those they criticise. I am deeply convinced that we are not all the same, and there is no slander campaign that can make it appear so, though some have been trying: the attacks on my person have been going on for a long time, and as it was assessed that it did not produced planned damaging impact, it obviously required intervention of “special forces” from another state.
The very fact that my work and CCE’s activities has upset the guardians of political power and interests so much that they must rouse their attack dogs is encouraging. This degree of mobilization only confirms that our work has consequences and obliges us to continue doing the best we can to accomplish CCE’s vision and mission in the face of adversity.
Daliborka Uljarević, Executive Director